[SOLVED] Opportunity to upgrade from a 2700x to a 5800x for $250.00, should I pull the trigger?

Opportunity to upgrade from a 2700x to a 5800x for $250.00, should I pull the trigger?

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Dadstreamsgames

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I have the opportunity to get a 5800x for $250.00, currently on a 2700x, my system is listed in my signature line. I game at 3440 x 1440 p 144hz.
 

larsv8

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If you are gaming at 1440p or 4k and are GPU bottlenecked, its unlikely you will notice a difference by upgrading your processor.

Edit - great illustrations here:

If gaming at 1080p, absolutely.
If gaming at 1440p, probably.
If gaming at 4k, absolutely not.
 

larsv8

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If you are gaming at 1440p or 4k and are GPU bottlenecked, its unlikely you will notice a difference by upgrading your processor.

Edit - great illustrations here:

If gaming at 1080p, absolutely.
If gaming at 1440p, probably.
If gaming at 4k, absolutely not.
 
$250 is a good deal on a great CPU and the performance uplift from a 2700x is going to be very nice. But it's impossible to vote fairly if you don't tell us what the down side is too. After all, if that $250 is earmarked for down payment on an engagement ring, for instance, then I'd vote no.
 
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Dadstreamsgames

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$250 is a good deal on a great CPU and the performance uplift from a 2700x is going to be very nice. But it's impossible to vote fairly if you don't tell us what the down side is too. After all, if that $250 is earmarked for down payment on an engagement ring, for instance, then I'd vote no.
It would probably go into savings or maybe my vacation fund. Everyone will still eat and my kids can still go to college :).
 

punkncat

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The R5 3600 is faster for gaming, if that's all you are looking at this for. The 5600X would be a great option for that as well.

It appears that by looking at some quick reviews that the 5800X is between 1-40% faster (than 2700X) in a selection of various games. Synthetic benchmarks seem to be around 30%+ faster for both single and multithreaded runs. This is where the core count would become more important, but your qualifier is only gaming.
 
The R5 3600 is faster for gaming, if that's all you are looking at this for. The 5600X would be a great option for that as well.

It appears that by looking at some quick reviews that the 5800X is between 1-40% faster (than 2700X) in a selection of various games. Synthetic benchmarks seem to be around 30%+ faster for both single and multithreaded runs. This is where the core count would become more important, but your qualifier is only gaming.
would be good arguments if he wasn't getting the 5800X for same price as a 3600....and $30-40 cheaper than a 5600x.
 

punkncat

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would be good arguments if he wasn't getting the 5800X for same price as a 3600....and $30-40 cheaper than a 5600x.
Since OP doesn't mention how/where he is getting what one can only assume is a super limited and used steal of a deal, it can't hurt to offer opinion on other possible options. Tech spot did a write up on this very thing and although the landscape was considerable different even a month ago when the article was written, they show a benchmark price of $350 for a used one, assuming you could find it.

This situation leads to a lot of head scratching and thought about that "if it's too good to be true" adage. I would be wary as hell....
 
Since OP doesn't mention how/where he is getting...
True enough, but anybody with a vacation fund is obviously a forward thinking sorta guy who I'd give credit for having figured out these 'facts-of-life' things himself.

I've gotten several used e-Bay "used, not abused" bargains in the past...CPU's, hard drives,even memory. All turned out OK for me. My wife's gotten several too (nothing electronics) and some turned out to be stinkers but the eBay guarantee came through and she got refunded.

Point is: I'd not run from a bargain I find on e-Bay. I'd read the whole condition statement, though, and look for the e-Bay guarantee. I'd also install it ASAP and run it in an intensive burn-in to make sure it's good. Don't make the mistake of shelving it until the guarantee expires before installing.
 
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I can tell you that I had a 1700 that I had overclocked for a while. According to cinebench I think it was comparable to if not slightly ahead of a stock 2700x(a friend of mine had the 2700x and we were comparing cinebench scores). Anyway, when I upgraded to a ryzen 5 3600, I felt like I got a decent performance uptick from that. The 5000 series have a higher ipc than the 3000 series, so if you are staying with an 8 cores and going up a 5000 series, as long as the deal is legal and the cpu works and doesn’t hurt you financially I say get it and sell your old cpu.
 
I can’t speak for the 5800x. But this is the cooler I’ve got now.

https://www.newegg.com/vetroo-v5/p/13C-00F3-00002

Interestingly, I was using a wraith prism cooler on my cpu, and to be honest cooling performance on the wraith prism was comparable to the vetroo v5. I’d guess the hyper 212 and similar coolers would be about the same.

My 3600 seems to stay low 70s under a full load like cinebench or Intel cpu burn. But I haven’t used a 5000 series cpu, so no experience there. However if you are rubbing it stock and if it ships with a wraith prism, then I’d say the stock cooler might be fine.
 

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